Taking a unique approach to health care, the Center of Excellence is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and girls. We are committed to building partnerships with the community to strengthen all of our activities and to empower women and girls as partners in health. By combining the resources of the university with the energy of the community, we can promote comprehensive improvements in women's health which are relevant to women's lives and reflect their priorities. Our community partnerships focus on the local San Francisco Bay Area as well as extend to the national level. Examples include:
Center of Excellence Internship Program is an opportunity for individuals to explore areas of personal and career interest, to formulate future plans and pathways into the health profession, and to acquire the skills necessary to meet their goals. Since its inception in October 1996, the UCSF Women's Health Internship Program has matched over 300 interns to women's health professionals and projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the program, interns gain hands-on work experience in women's health. We aim to make the internship a meaningful experience for the interns and their supervisors/hosts participating in the program.
Living in a Non-Violent Community (LINC) provides clinical assessment and intervention for children birth to age 18 who have been exposed to domestic violence. Mental health clinicians work with the child or adolescent and family to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce the impact of violence on the child/adolescent. Children and youth who receive direct services have the opportunity to work through feelings associated with exposure to violence, increase feelings of personal safety, improve their coping skills, and improve the level of functioning and quality of life for themselves and their families.
San Francisco Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Work Group formed in 2005 when pediatricians and health department workers in San Francisco noted an increase in the number of Shaken Baby Syndrome cases in San Francisco. In their appeal to try to "do something", they convened a small group of interested professionals to address the issue.
"I feel much more empowered and able to cope with my PCOS. Thank you for bringing experts & patients together".
Participant, Understanding PCOS Class
Women’s Health Resource Center offers provider referrals, links to community resources, classes and conferences, a library and mini-bookstore, research and clinical trials information, and the Great Expectations Pregnancy Program.